Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao recently made a big revelation on a talk show. The actor who is known for his serious roles in films like Trapped, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, and others said that he was initially the first choice for the male lead in Meghna Gulzar’s upcoming film Chhapaak.
Chhapaak stars Deepika Padukone and Mirzapur fame Vikrant Massey in lead roles, but Rajkummar said that he was earlier offered the role, but he had to deny it.
Rajkummar said that he did not have any available dates and he had to turn down the role, which was then granted to Vikrant. Speaking at a talk show, he revealed, “I didn’t turn it down. Of course not! I loved that script but my dates were so messed up. I’m so looking forward to that film. I kept telling Meghna and Deepika that it’s my loss.”
The official First look of the movie and other pictures from the sets have gone viral on social media, with Deepika being lauded by fans and critics for her role an acid attack survivor named Malti. When the first poster came out, Rajkummar tweeted in praise of Deepika: “This is brilliant. Can’t wait to see you as #Malti. It’s path-breaking. More power to you Deepika.”
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) March 25, 2019
Talking about the extensive prosthetics work in the film, Meghna had said at an event, “You won’t be seeing Deepika, you know. You will be seeing a disfigured Deepika. There is an uncanny similarity between the survivor and Deepika.”
A character that will stay with me forever…#Malti
Shoot begins today!#Chhapaak
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) March 25, 2019
Meghna, who also helmed Raazi, wrote a long note on DeePee’s official website. An excerpt from the note read, “My film was based on acid violence. Of a woman who epitomized immense courage and strength, in the face of crippling adversity.”
While the whole movie is based on a real-life incident, Meghna also revealed that Deepika often went about joking that she agreed to do the film “because of a scene where she gets to eat kairi (raw mangoes) with salt and red chilli powder.”
Rajkummar is currently working on his next with Mouni Roy, Made in China. He is also set for the release of Prakash Kovelamudi’s Mental Hai Kya, in which he will star opposite Kangana Ranaut. He will begin shooting for Rooh Afza, opposite Janhvi Kapoor, in June.